It’s time to roll up your sleeve if you haven’t already done so
Delta-plus is not the end of the story. Until more of us get vaccinated, we’re going to have these reports of weird other Greek letters and combinations of Greek letters — we might even run out of the Greek alphabet. It sounds like a broken record, but we’re going to see these things pop up until more of us are vaccinated to kick them out of our communities.
What we can do is get vaccinated and keep ourselves from getting infected. That’s how we stop these viruses from mutating. We have to just keep these viruses from transmitting so that we will reduce the risk of developing the next variant that could be worse than Delta, and we don’t know if Delta-plus is that virus.
“It’s very important for every single person who’s been vaccinated to know, if you have other medical conditions, the vaccine doesn’t protect from those becoming an issue or causing a problem. While the vaccines may give you some protection, it’s not enough to overcome the medical issues or the lack of a very strong immune system, unfortunately.”
It is a different kind of virus than what we dealt with last year. And since it became the dominant virus very quickly in the US, all of the things that we thought we were pretty sure about have to be reconsidered. And certainly, it is the case that we need to do everything we can to protect kids under 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccination, from getting exposed. We know that when people are in indoor gatherings—even if you’re vaccinated—wear a mask because those vaccinated people can also carry the virus and then transmit it to other vulnerable people, including kids. So it changes the dynamics. And I know people are sick of hearing about the need to wear masks. I’m sick of it too, but at the same time, if we want to keep kids safe, that’s what it’s going to take.
Also, we may be entering flu season with a higher level of susceptibility than usual, which could exacerbate the risks.
As we have learned from the last 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decisions we make as individuals and communities can have a huge impact on the fate of an outbreak. We can and should do our part to prevent a catastrophic flu season by getting vaccinated early this fall and taking sensible precautions if and when the virus starts spreading widely.
Influenza vaccine is available in the office, but limited allotment is given to us, so please schedule ahead of time; shipment of vaccines are scheduled. Call the office at 714-930-1351 for a flu shot appointment. We are still observing social distancing, so please call ahead of time.